History speaks to us in many forms. For example, when we think of Louisiana architecture and its rich heritage, some of the most picturesque house styles come to mind. The historic raised cottage conjures images of centuries-old dwellings born along the rivers and bayous. Our own Louisiana Garden Cottage, designed by V. John Tee of Atlanta, continues this tradition. An appealing blend of classic and Creole influences, the house features six massive Doric columns, a broad front gallery, and authentic trim and millwork. The carefully proportioned garage is located to the side of the house. In the classic style, fanlights top its French doors, which are flanked by quarter-round shutters, lending the look of a 19th-century appendage.
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John Tee, Architect
Born and raised in Mississippi, John Tee received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Louisiana State University and went on to become a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Working in Atlanta for over 30 years, his Southern roots and passion for custom homebuilding combine with a strong appreciation for traditional Southern architecture in every one of his design projects.
“I believe that streets and sidewalks are like a big outdoor room for all the neighbors and kids to gather and go in different directions…And the front porch is part of the outdoor room,” says Tee. “It’s the perfect transition space that brings the outdoors in and vice versa. These days you need every square foot in your house to count, just like each dollar of your paycheck.”